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  • Celebrating, tearfully

    The celebration will be much different when Steve and Vickie Haddix entertain their family Christmas night.

    Much, much different.

    Steve's parents will be there. So will Steve and Vickie's two sons, their wives and the four grandchildren. They will gather at a house that has been virtually stripped of its furnishings. There are a few folding chairs and a borrowed table in the house.

    There will likely be tears. Lots of tears. “Most definitely,” says the Haddix's son, Jonathan.

  • Man busted for selling dope near high school

    A Lawrenceburg man was charged Monday on a number of drug offenses, including trafficking within 1,000 feet of Anderson County High School.

    Robert A. New, 26, of 1015 Rock Creek Road had bags of methamphetamine and heroin in his possession when approached by officer Clay Crouch of the Lawrenceburg Police Department early Monday morning outside of a residence on Briar Creek Drive, a subdivision off US 127 Bypass across from the high school, according to police reports.

  • Nutgrass juror says law favors criminals

    In a letter to the editor in this week’s paper (A4), a member of the jury that convicted a man of attempted manslaughter instead of attempted murder after he reportedly fired 100 rounds at police now says the laws today protect criminals more than cops.

    “Next time I have jury duty, I’ll relocate to Canada,” writes juror Phyllis Kennerly, the first juror to speak publically since Nutgrass was convicted last month in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • Glut of inmates busting jail budget

    The bill to pay for inmate housing in November was the highest in Anderson County history, it was revealed during last Thursday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Jailer Joani Clark told magistrates that the bill soared to $68,672 for the month, the highest she’s seen in her 23 years of service with the jailer’s office.

    The bulk of the total was paid to the Shelby County Detention Center, which contracts to house Anderson County’s inmates at a cost of $29 per day.

  • Annual free Christmas meal set at Open Hands Pantry

    When they think of Christmas, many envision a glittering Christmas tree surrounded by presents.

    Others would be happy just to sit down to a decent meal.

    Again this year, the Community Christmas Dinner will provide just that from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day at Open Hands Food Pantry at 1111 Industry Road in Lawrenceburg.

    But organizers say first they must gather enough food to feed the expected throng of 500 to 600 people.

  • Fiscal court finalizes tourism merger with city

    After years of debate, delays and concerns over the possibility of a restaurant tax being enacted as a result, the Lawrenceburg City Council and Anderson County Fiscal Court have finally voted to merge their tourism efforts.

    The fiscal court finalized the merger last Thursday night, with only Magistrate Juretta Wells voting against the measure that received final approval a week earlier with a unanimous vote of the city council.

  • Open house turns into coach-player reunion at KORT

    A customer appreciation event last week at KORT Physical Therapy in Lawrenceburg ended up being a reunion for Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton and the man who coached him while playing basketball at Transylvania University.

    Gritton was reunited with Don Lane, who coached Gritton from 1985 to 1989 and recalled him as one of the best he ever had.

    “He started from the moment he arrived on campus,” Lane said after the event at KORT, where Lane’s niece, Angie Moore, serves as regional vice president of marketing.

  • News briefs, Dec. 23, 2015

    Evans makes dean’s list at UK

    Harrison Evans, a communications major at the University of Kentucky, made the school’s dean’s list with a 3.8 GPA for the fall semester, his family announced.

    He plans to work toward his PhD in communications.

    Evans is a 2013 graduate of Anderson County High School.

    4-H meets at CAL

    The following 4-H report was submitted by the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg.

    We met today (Dec. 15) and we completed three activities.

  • Senior Center to offer free yoga classes

    What a difference a night makes – a night of restful sleep, that is.

    We all know the feeling… that alert, yet calm waking after a solid night of sleep just can’t be replaced.

    To assist, the Anderson County Senior Center will offer a free 60-minute yoga class each Wednesday, Jan. 6 through Feb. 10, at 1 p.m., the center announced.

    The class is open to all adults and requires no prior yoga experience or advance registration. Adults 60 and over are especially encouraged to attend, the center said.

  • Adult Learning Center welcomes new GED graduates

    The Anderson County Adult Learning Center held its annual adult education GED graduation ceremony Dec. 7 at Anderson County Bearcat Theatre.

    Thirteen students have attained their GED diplomas to date, and five of those students participated in the graduation ceremony and reception.

    Beta Sigma Phi representative Joani Clark delivered a certificate and award letter to Zachery Ross Ashburn, this year’s student inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society.